BABE – Bristol Artist’s Book Event at Bower Ashton (23-24 April 2022)


11am – 5pm each day 
#BABEatBower

We are very pleased to announce that BABE will be taking place on our lovely campus at Bower Ashton (BS3 2JT) over the weekend of Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th April 2022. We have moved from Arnolfini so we can expand the event with more talks and workshops. It’s going to be busy!

108 artists, collectives, small presses and independent publishers will be attending from all over the UK and Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Denmark, Finland and Poland plus books arriving from Australia, Japan, Brazil, The Netherlands and the USA. UWE students and alumni will also be exhibiting on collective and individual tables over the weekend alongside.

Your Order Number, Tim Shore
Your Order Number, Tim Shore

We have some artist-led workshops taking place over the BABE weekend.

On Saturday 23rd April 2022:

“King of the Rubber Stampers” Stephen Fowler will run a Saturday workshop for participants to create spirited Ghostcards multiples, marking World Book Night Ghosts in the Machine. All materials will be supplied. 11am – 2pm. Age 16+. Cost: £8, 15 places, SOLD OUT.

On Sunday 24th April 2022

A Pop-up Card Workshop for Children (8-12 years old) Led by Alex Czinczel / The Chinchilla. All materials will be supplied. ALL CHILDREN MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT. 11am – 12 midday. Cost: Free, 8 places, book online here.

Corinne Welch will be running ‘Make a flowery trouser book’ workshop for participants aged 12+. All materials will be supplied, but please bring along an apron/old shirt to protect clothes. 1pm – 2.30pm. Cost: Free, 8 places, SOLD OUT.

Lithography printmaking demos both days by the Lemonade Press in the studios.

A full programme of readings and talks in the main showspace, short show & tells in “Collections Corner” in the library over the weekend.

Download the weekend’s talks programme here.

Download the Collections Corner programme here.

Scandi Salon, Sunday 1.30-2.30pm
A walk around tour guided by Maria White – independent artists’ books specialist, meet the exhibitors from Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Finland and Sweden. Free, meet in the foyer by Costa Coffee.

Exhibitions; Our World Book Night exhibition Ghosts in the Machine will be on show in the library (first floor), and Linda Parr will be showing the entire Postcards for Perec original artworks in their albums (room OC3).

Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th April, 11am-5pm each day. All welcome, free event, we hope to see you here.

Postcards For Perec, Linda Parr
Postcards For Perec, Linda Parr
slow boiling, Mr Smith
slow boiling, Mr Smith

Exhibitors at BABE 2022*

ABC at UWE (UK) Alexandra Czinczel | The Chinchilla (UK) Ambeck Design (UK) AMBruno (UK) Amir Brito Cadôr * (Brazil) Amy Sterly (UK) Angie Butler | ABPress * (UK) ARKIR book arts group (Iceland) Art Byte Critique (Japan/UK) artistsbooksonline (UK) BA Visual Communication, the Arts University Bournemouth (UK) Batool Showghi (UK) Battenburg Press | Lucy May Schofield & Sylvia Waltering (UK) Ben Jenner * (UK) Bladr – platform for artists’ books (Denmark) The Bookband (UK) bookRoom @UCA Farnham with Emmanuelle Waeckerlé, Dr Matt Johnson & Emma Lambert | Silvergrass Press (UK) Bristol Editions (UK) Caren Florance and Peter Lyssiotis * (Australia) Carl Middleton (UK) Caroline Penn (UK) Carolyn Trant | Parvenu Press (UK) {Carriage return} Hilary Judd & Lucy May Schofield (UK) The Chevington Press (UK) Chisato Tamabayashi (UK) Ciarrai Samson (UK) Clare Rogers (UK) Codex Polaris | Imi Maufe (Norway) Corinne Welch with ABC (UK) Csilla Bíro * (UK) David Armes (UK) David Dellafiora | Field Study International * (Australia) David Faithfull (UK) Design for Today (UK) double butted (UK) Eccentric Horace (UK) Eeva-Liisa Isomaa (Finland) Egidija and George (UK) Elizabeth Willow * (UK) Elliot Steele * (UK) Emma Brown * (UK) Ensixteen Editions (UK) Esther McManus & S.S. Whetton (UK) fallowpages (UK) GG Print Studio | Lina Nordenström (Sweden) Gemma Lacey (UK) BA(Hons) Graphic Design UWE | typenowhere (UK) Guy Bigland (UK) Hannele Nyman | Galleria Duetto (Finland) Hazard Press (UK) Hazel Corvin (UK) HG makes (UK) Jane Cradock Watson (UK) Janet Allsebrook (UK) Joan Ainley (UK) Judy Kravis | Road Books * (Ireland) Julie Johnstone * (UK) Kate Bernstein (UK) Kurt Johannessen (Norway) Lee Shearman – Micro Library Books (UK) The Lemonade Press (UK) Less Than 500 Press (UK) Lilliputiana Books by Angela Thames (UK) Linda Parr * (UK) Linda Toigo (UK) Liver & Lights (UK) London Centre for Book Arts (UK) MABB | Eva Hejdström (Sweden) Mandy Brannan (UK) Maria White c/o Essence Press * (UK) Mark Rutter | Tatlin Books (UK) Mike Clements (UK) Negative Press London | Roelof Bakker * (UK) Pamflett / Bergen Art Book Fair | Fredrik Rysjedal and Ann-Kristin Stølan (Norway) Paul Cooke | Dubious Books * (USA) Pauline Lamont-Fisher (UK) & Erin K. Schmidt (USA) Philippa Wood | The Caseroom Press (UK) Plymouth College of Art (UK) Postcards for Perec (UK) Pressing Matters magazine (UK) Print & Friends (Iceland) Radosław Nowakowski | Liberatorium (Poland)) Rebecca Weeks Art (UK) Ros Blackmore (UK) SALT+SHAW (UK) Sarah Bodman * (UK) Sophie Artemis (UK) Space Poetry | Pist Protta (Denmark) Stephen Fowler * (UK) Stroud Artists’ Books (UK) Sue McLaren – Verso Press (UK) Tamar MacLellan | The Caseroom Press (UK) Tim Shore (UK) Mr Smith (UK) Timglaset Editions (Sweden) Tom Sowden * (UK) Uniformbooks * (UK) University of Worcester Illustration (UK) UWE Illustration (UK) Yasushi Cho – NIKKOO | Laughter * (Japan)

* = exhibiting on the collective table in OC3

AWOL, Guy Bigland
AWOL, Guy Bigland
Immigrants Series, Batool Showghi
Immigrants Series, Batool Showghi

Download our getting to BABE guide here.

Download our BABE venue map of exhibitors here.

Download the travel and accommodation guide here.

Download our eating out guide here.

UWE Bristol, City Campus at Bower Ashton, Kennel Lodge Road, Bristol BS3 2JT.

BABE is organised by Sarah Bodman, Angie Butler and Tom Sowden. Questions? Please email Sarah.Bodman@uwe.ac.uk

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